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What’s coming up at Salisbury Playhouse Theatre

We just luuurve the theatre darling, especially our very own Salisbury Playhouse. Here are our Autumn picks, with a special preview of their Spring programme just for you.

By the time it gets to our monthly What’s On Guides obvs some of the best stuff is sold out, so here’s a preview so you can get diaries out in advance. There are some crackers here we know you won’t want to miss.

For those readers who aren’t Salisbury natives (and why not take a trip over that plain? – It’s our only city after all!), you might see this stuff advertised under Wiltshire Creative, which incorporates Salisbury Playhouse Theatre, The Salisbury International Festival and Salisbury Arts Centre.


THEATRE The Lemon Table 14-23 October

There’s some pedigree here, staring Ian McDiarmid – Emperor Palpatine to you and me, directed by heavyweight Michael Grandage (Frozen in the West End) and written by Booker Prize-winning Julian Barnes no less. Celebrating a love of live performance, music, and life itself, it’s a pertinently post-Covid play.

The Playhouse is, unusually, a professional producing theatre as well as a receiving house for touring productions. There’s something special about home-grown original productions, and this is just such a show.

AUTUMN COMEDY Phil Wang on 4 Nov & Shaparak Khorsandi on 6 November

Two comedians you’ll have seen on the telly. Both will have plenty to say, most of which they wouldn’t be able to say on the telly. Ah the joy of live stand-up: we’ll never take you for granted again!

FILM Nomadland 10 November

Did you miss this Oscar-winner too? We’ve been saving those vast American landscapes up for a big screen, and here’s our chance. Staring Frances McDormand as a modern day nomad.

CHRISTMAS SHOW Snow White and the Happy Ever After Beauty Salon 3-31 December

The classic favourite set in a magical 1950s fairytale wonderland includes live music and bags of humour for all the family. You don’t need us to tell you early booking is recommended. We’re plotting all sorts of exclusives, behind the scenes peeks and Christmas high jinks around this show, so watch this space….


A Grand Night For Singing 3-19 February

Another in-house original, this Rogers & Hammerstein musical review weaves a new storyline through such iconic songs as I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair and Oh What a Beautiful Morning. We’ll be singing our hearts out in the front row for this one, in what will be a fantastically camp night out.

Fascinating Aïda 4 March

They’re rude, they’re talented, they’re glamorous and award-winning; they’re actually totally Muddy. Their songs are hilarious and topical; if in doubt look-up Ryanair song on Youtube.

Stewart Lee Snowflake/Tornado 5 March

Ah Stewart Lee: Simultaneously not your typical stand-up and also one of the best. He’s made a career out of subverting the genre, taking the audience on intricately crafted journeys that incorporate intellectual theory and rants on popular culture with a disdain for the left-wing sensibility he represents. And that’s not even the half of it. He’ll make your head hurt while he makes you laugh. Fight to get a ticket.

Dance Phantoms: A Triple Bill by Mark Bruce 24-26 March

If you haven’t seen Mark Bruce & Co, then, even if you don’t think you’re a contemporary dance person, just go. You won’t see better. Their shows are atmospheric, beautifully designed, often dark and surreal works of art.

Sheila’s Island 3-7 May

This touring show has good credentials: written by Tim Firth of Calendar Girls and Kinky Boots, and staring Olivier Award-winning Sara Crowe of Four Weddings and, most importantly, the Philadelphia Cream Cheese adverts, for which she will always have a special place in our hearts.

The Rise and Fall of Little Voice 9-14 May

And talking of special places in our hearts: we saw this twice when Jane Horrocks starred in the National production back in the day. An adorable, award-winning play by Jim Cartright, it tells of the highs and lows of small town dreams and finding your voice through music. Little voice performs ballads by icons such as Judy Garland and Shirley Bassey live on stage. We can’t wait to revist.

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